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Zac Brown Band, "Monsters University" among Pop Essentials

Main event

Zac Brown Band in concert

The word: The country group has eight number one hits since releasing their debut single "Chicken Fried" five years ago.

Details: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $45-$79. 877-435-9849 or http://www.merriweathermusic.com

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Hot ticket

Drake's Would You Like a Tour

The word: Last year, Drake's Club Paradise Tour grossed $42 million. The R&B mega star just announced his 2013 tour plans. He'll be in Washington for Halloween.

Details: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Concert is 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Verizon Center, 601 F St., Washington, D.C. $59.75-109.75. 800-745-3000 or http://www.verizoncenter.com.

Big premiere

"Monsters University"

The word: Disney Pixar's first release since last spring's "Brave" hits theaters this weekend featuring the reboot from the 2001 smash hit "Monsters Inc."

Details: "Monsters University" debuts at 10:45 a.m., 1:30, 4:30 and 7:20 p.m. Friday, Regal Westminster 9, 400 N. Center St., Westminster. $8-10.50. 410-857-1422.

Dropping

"Best of Live at the Apollo: James Brown"

Synopsis: The Godfather of Soul is featured in this throwback of an album featuring live performances from the 1960s and 1970s.

Details: The album is released Tuesday. It retails for $8.49 on http://www.amazon.com.

Couch potato

"Futurama"

Synopsis: Sure, we've heard this before, but Matt Groening's cartoon hit that never seems to completely go away is entering its final season ... on Comedy Central, at least.

Details: Futurama Season 7 airs at 10 p.m. Wednesdays on Comedy Central.

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